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Wells, ME
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Wells profile

Living in Wells

Wells is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 11,731 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Wells is the 19th largest community in Maine.

Wells real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although Wells house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.33% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Wells is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Wells’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Wells has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Wells a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Wells is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The population of Wells is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.47% of adults in Wells have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Wells in 2018 was $41,618, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $166,472 for a family of four. However, Wells contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Wells home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wells residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wells include Irish, English, French, French Canadian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Wells is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and French.